As its members argue with each other, CFLPA won’t clarify position on the ratio

While his membership battles each other on Twitter, CFLPA executive director Brian Ramsay says he didn’t feel the need to address the membership after news of a potential ratio change hit the headlines.

“Not at all. A healthy debate is a good thing. What this has shown us is – and we’ve talked about it for a long time – we’ve got a very engaged and passionate membership. Their engagement is refreshing on that specific issue and many others that haven’t hit the forefront, that we have that healthy debate on,” Ramsay said in a conference call Wednesday.

“That debate shows us how engaged our membership is. We’ve got reps like our membership that all have their own views on specific issues. What we are confident on as a group is that everyone is fully supportive of the package that we’ve put in front of the employer and the league.”

3DownNation’s Justin Dunk has reported that both the CFL and CFLPA are in favour of reducing the number of national starters from seven to five. Currently, seven of the 24 starters on offence and defence must be nationals, part of the 21 non-imports on the 44-man game day roster. But those numbers might change at the bargaining table.

Ramsay refused to clarify the CFLPA’s position on the ratio on Wednesday.

“What we have said from the start is that we won’t be getting into any of specifics of the conversations at the table,” Ramsay said. “We’ve been very clear that we won’t be bargaining in the media.”

Unfortunately for CFLPA, it’s membership is more than willing to debate the issue – mostly with each other. Fortunately for the union, it looks like things are finally starting to die down after Andrew Harris and others battled it out this weekend.

Yeah, nevermind.

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